American education is failing to prepare our future generations to carry out their civic responsibilities and our students fall further and further behind the rest of the world. In 2015, our high school students ranked 41st in math, 24th in reading and 25th in science internationally. This is alarming.
My mother was a teacher of reading and special education. I know firsthand what good teaching entails and what the rewards are. I’m also well aware that career teachers are more marginalized than ever before and suffering due to misguided management. It is a national responsibility to provide teachers at all levels with a living wage and the full confidence of our support, by giving them a system oriented around them and our children instead of maintaining middle management.
Higher education is now falling prey to a business model of constant expansion that leaves the vital role of education behind. Twenty-five percent of part-time university professors have fallen victim to “the gig economy” and live at or below the poverty line. These valuable specialists in our society should be inspiring and training the next generation of American innovators not worrying where their next meal is coming from.
We can transform education. As one of the first of a new type of scientist, I was trained to integrate life science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. I know how to bring systemic transformation and will champion policies that support our educators and equip our young minds for success in the 21st century.